it's tax expenditures, not rates, that make the tax code so annoyingly complicated. all told, there is close to $1 trillion of these tax expenditures hiding in the budget-- a trillion dollars. so lawmakers, run, don't walk, to the joint tax tables and let's get started on cleaning house in that massive tax expenditure budget. i'm maya c. macguineas. >> tom: the economy is showing signs of life, but its still tough out there. and we want to help by getting answers to your personal finance questions. use our video-sharing site to send in your thoughts, experiences and inquiries. you can go to our web site, nbratpbs.org. look for the "riding out the storm" logo. you'll find instructions on how to upload your videos so we can get experts to answer them. >> tom: that's "nightly business report" for thursday, february 18. i'm tom hudson. good night, everyone, and good night to you, too, susie. >> susie: good night, tom. i'm susie gharib. thanks for watching, everyone. we'll see all of you again tomorrow night.